Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department

The Religious Studies Department offers students the opportunity to study religion using a variety of methodologies and provides a cross-cultural, inter-disciplinary, and comparative investigation into a variety of religious beliefs and practices.

Welcome to the Religious Studies Department


The Religious Studies Department is located on the third floor of Kenna Hall.
(The laying of the cornerstone of Kenna Hall in 1924 is documented in this photograph. The third floor is home to the Religious Studies Department.)

On this site you will find information about the mission of our department and the mission of the university, about the courses and university programs in the Religious Studies Department, information about careers and graduate school in the field of religious studies, tools for our majors and minors, background on our faculty and staff, religion resources for all students and alumni, links to the department's Local Religion Project, and updates on departmental events and news.

Also on this site, you can learn about interdisciplinary minors and which religious studies classes count toward each of those minors.  Our newest interdisciplinary minor is the Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies (AIMES) Program.  In addition to that program, we have interdisciplinary minors in Catholic Studies, Asian Studies, Ethnic Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Please feel free to explore, using the navigation menu on the left.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.

The Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries, located in the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries, offers master's degrees in Catechetics, Pastoral Liturgy, Catholic Education, Spirituality, and Liturgical Music. Many of these courses are taught by faculty from the Department of Religious Studies.  The Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries has an online application.


The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University


The boards of Santa Clara University and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JST), along with the U.S. Jesuit provincials, approved an integration of the two Bay Area institutions that will enable each to draw upon the academic and theological strengths of the other, officials announced on May 4, 2009.

For more information, click here.

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